Mour­inho to drop high-pro­file play­ers

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Manchester United man­ager Jose Mour­inho will drop some of the high-pro­file play­ers who gifted the English Pre­mier League ti­tle to Manchester City at the week­end, say­ing ‘‘the price they cost, their salary, their beau­ti­ful face’’ doesn’t guar­an­tee a place in his team.

United lost at home to last­placed West Bromwich Al­bion 1-0 on Mon­day in one of the most sur­pris­ing re­sults of the Pre­mier League sea­son.

Mour­inho said some play­ers will pay the price by not fea­tur­ing against Bournemouth to­mor­row and po­ten­tially against Tot­ten­ham in the FA Cup semi­fi­nals on Sun­day.

‘‘If I play a player against Bournemouth and he plays phe­nom­e­nal, he plays the semi­fi­nal,’’ Mour­inho said.

‘‘So it’s not ro­tat­ing be­cause ro­tat­ing looks like a player that plays against Bournemouth is to give a rest for some­body who is go­ing to play against Spurs in the semi­fi­nal.

‘‘The word is not ro­ta­tion, the word is an op­por­tu­nity, for peo­ple to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs.

‘‘Some of the guys that played [against West Brom], they don’t have a place in that team.’’

Paul Pogba might be one of them, hav­ing been sub­sti­tuted in the 58th minute partly be­cause of his poor dis­play but also be­cause he was on a yel­low card.

The FA Cup rep­re­sents United’s last shot at winning a tro­phy this sea­son.

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